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(CNN)   With all major health risks taken care of, EPA turns its attention to microwave popcorn   ( divider line
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2004-03-11 10:43:39 AM  
I've always suspected something was amiss in the world of microwave popcorn. Everytime I eat that stuff I have to take a poop. Uncanny.....
2004-03-11 10:58:52 AM  
They can have my popcorn when they pry it from my cold, buttery fingers!
2004-03-11 11:02:15 AM  
I always new that slimy stuff they spooged allover your popcorn at the movie theater was toxic.
2004-03-11 11:21:39 AM  
They need to make a male pornstar line of microwave popcorn with flavors like "Ron Jeremy Butter Blast."

It would be Peter North-tastic
2004-03-11 12:10:00 PM  
Once you pop, you can't stop.. dying!
2004-03-11 12:10:04 PM  
Your tax dollars at work.
2004-03-11 12:11:04 PM  
Once you poop, you can't stoop!
2004-03-11 12:11:10 PM  
And the smell when you burn it? I'd rather lick Paris Hilton's sweaty asscrack.
2004-03-11 12:11:29 PM  
Do they still make 'Jiffy-Pop' popcorn? I always thought the expanding foil was spiffy as a little kid.
2004-03-11 12:12:46 PM  
Ya just gotta love a food that emits toxic vapors, but it supposedly safe to put in your stomach.

Kinda reminds me of that time a tried to pay for a Chalupa Grande at Taco Bell with a $2 dollar bill and.....
2004-03-11 12:14:31 PM  
This is actually a pretty good study. There have been dozens of cases of debilitating and permenant lung disease is popcorn factory workers. They are testing to determine if the lung disease is exclusive to factory workers exposed to large amounts of the chemical or if the chemical can cause disease in smaller doses.
2004-03-11 12:15:36 PM  
Cow farts are depleting the ozone layer and popcorn is killing people. The world is coming to an end.
2004-03-11 12:15:46 PM  
I am not so sure I find this article stupid. Maybe because I am an environmental nerd.

My post had no place on fark.
2004-03-11 12:16:07 PM  
i'm sure this could be a concern for those factory workers who spend their whole lives in the stuff, but for the rest of us who only use it on occasion, there is no concern.

kind of like the saccarin thing.
2004-03-11 12:16:27 PM  
My wife is an epi student. They just talked about this yesterday. This is no joke. There was a mother that took a job at a plant that made this shiat. 6 mo's later she died from breathing that butter shiat. Her lungs were clogged to hell from breathing in the dust/vapors. You open a bucket of that shiat and your eyes, nose and ears begin burning. They exposed mice to that shiat in proportional amounts to what the workers were exposed to. One mouse died within 6 hours. Seriously messed up.
2004-03-11 12:16:47 PM  
"Once we know what chemicals are and the amounts, somebody else can look at the health effects," Rosati said Wednesday

Now there's some real insight. Before they mentioned that, I figured they'd be looking into the health effects before the knew what the chemicals were.
2004-03-11 12:17:04 PM  
Orville Redenbacher must be popping in his grave.
2004-03-11 12:17:47 PM  
i'll just have to make sure my kids open the bag from now on
2004-03-11 12:18:23 PM  
I suspect that the vapors released by microwave popcorn causes brain damage. It certainly explains the movie choices made by most of the people in line at Blockbuster.
2004-03-11 12:18:52 PM  
Investigators believe the chemical becomes hazardous when it is heated and there is repeated exposure to large quantities over a long time.
I'm doomed! *sob*

/eats 2 bags of popcorn a day
2004-03-11 12:18:56 PM  
Uhhh, not stupid. Actually worthwile. I thought this was funny tho:

Investigators believe the chemical becomes hazardous when it is heated and there is repeated exposure to large quantities over a long time.

Duh. Heating leads to boiling/vaporization. Of course breathing the diacetyl couldn't be harmful, right?

/case closed
2004-03-11 12:18:59 PM  
When did microwave pocorn become a requirement in all offices ? I mean, there's always that one person who eats it every day, and the smell goes all through the office. It's overpowering.

And I absolutely want to kill the co-workers that microwave it too long, and burn it. That stank stays in the office forever. Smells worse than my upper lip.

2004-03-11 12:19:29 PM  
if this is true, there are going to be a lot of dead farkers arounds here....
2004-03-11 12:20:00 PM  
"Let's divert public attention away from the criminal deregulation we've committed and go after Orville Redenbaucher. He's much more dangerous than arsenic in the tap water or nuclear weapons testing."

2004-03-11 12:21:58 PM  
I've always hated the smell of microwave popcorn. All chemical-fake-butter-stinky. Home popped is farking easy, for the love of Jeebus, and it tastes a helluva lot better too. On the other hand, I now know that micropop is a possible murder weapon...
2004-03-11 12:22:16 PM  
Clearly, al queda is behind this. I think it's time for an orange alert.
2004-03-11 12:22:55 PM  
I was really shocked to learn what a hold that microwave junk has on the popcorn industry. Microwave popcorn has all sorts of bad fats and other nasties in it; I rarely touch the stuff. I just use the plain kernels and my trusty second-hand air popper. That way, I can customize my toppings and I don't get nearly as many singed, unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bowl.

Then, of course, there's the stovetop method. Let's take popcorn back to the old school.
2004-03-11 12:23:02 PM  
Pocket Ninja, make that a yellow alert - with xtra butter
2004-03-11 12:23:16 PM  
Damn I can't drink water,I can't eat popcorn....thank god I can still smoke.....ah crap I probaly should go kill my self...shiat can't even do that bullets contain lead
2004-03-11 12:24:52 PM  
The light Kettle Corn flavor is almost as good as the regular Kettle Corn flavor!
2004-03-11 12:26:57 PM  

Yeah, I prefer Lowry's Seasoning Salt on my popcorn, usually with a little bit of butter to help the salt stick to the 'corn. Oh, and I always go stovetop, cuz I don't have a dedicated corn-popping appliance.
2004-03-11 12:27:04 PM  
I just bought an old hot air popper off eBay for $10 about a month ago. I put REAL BUTTER on it and it is freakin' wonderful.

Microwave popcorn tastes wrong anyway. I like my 80s hot air kind much better. And I listen to Duran Duran while I eat it. So there you mutated toxic nuclear popcorn eating FREAKS!!!
2004-03-11 12:28:37 PM  
wow the headlines such today!!!
2004-03-11 12:28:40 PM  
Better living through chemistry.

2004-03-11 12:28:40 PM  
Popcorn cooked on a stove is soooo much better anyways...people are too lazy to cook it that way now a days...
2004-03-11 12:29:07 PM  
I hate that nasty-assed fake butter stuff. It doesn't surprise me to hear that it might cause health problems. I think it's like eating melted plastic or something.
2004-03-11 12:29:25 PM  
Why the stupid tag?
2004-03-11 12:29:26 PM  
Just the melted butter is good, but I like a little dry ranch dressing to soak some of it up. Obviously, there gonna be too much butter in there for it ALL to be soaked up! Turns your popcorn into a healthy salad.
2004-03-11 12:31:26 PM  
Keep you laws out of my...popcorn.
2004-03-11 12:31:29 PM  
Anything that has an ingredient list whose number of items exceeds 20 or so probably isn't that good for you.
2004-03-11 12:31:34 PM  
I prefer Lowry's Seasoning Salt on my popcorn

Brilliant idea. That's actually the only way I eat my fries. None of that tomato paste/sugar shiat for me, mmm 'kay? Thanks...
2004-03-11 12:31:42 PM  
DeWd yer craaazy!! Don't mix those popcorn flavors, you know what's gonna happen!
2004-03-11 12:32:16 PM  

Why the stupid tag?

Duh! Because knowledge is stupid.
2004-03-11 12:33:33 PM  
But LTG, if you use the dry ranch on the popcorn, will there be enough left for Super Ranch?!?!?
2004-03-11 12:33:51 PM  
Didn't they pour a bunch of that obnoxious butter over Iraq last year? As a defoliating agent? And that's why it's so desertificated?

2004-03-11 12:35:12 PM  
We just made some popcorn last night the old-fashioned way, on the stove. That microwave stuff is nasty.
2004-03-11 12:36:15 PM  
Whoops....looks like Big Popcorn didn't contribute enough to Bush/Cheney 2004 yet...better up those donations quick!!
2004-03-11 12:36:18 PM  
I like my buttered popcorn with 90 year old peas.
2004-03-11 12:36:32 PM  
In all seriousness, I would love to see a graph of the number of Cancer-like illnesses in comparison to the prevalence of microwave ovens and their use.

Does anyone have an idea of a good place to do research?
2004-03-11 12:37:39 PM  
J_A_G If you think I don't keep enough dry ranch in my basement to get me through the tough times, you are sorely mistaken.
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